You’ve seen the hours of Teslaractioning videos on YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr and Instagram. You’ve heard the breathless soundbite reviews from Tesla fans and owners alike, proclaiming Tesla’s P85D electric sedan to be the best car they’ve ever driven or owned.
If you’re like us, you’re probably suffering some severe depression after realising no matter how you cut it, your bank balance won’t stretch far enough to let you buy one of your own.
So if you’re the sort of person who likes the trappings of opulent luxury without having the means to pay for it, there may be a way for you to have your very own Tesla Model S P85D, complete with your very own chauffeur: stay at Virgin’s recently-opened ultra-modern Hotel in the heart of Chicago.
Launched last month, the Chicago Virgin Hotel is the first of what we’re assuming will be a worldwide chain of hotels from Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin empire, promising pleasant, modern, airy rooms, simple pricing policies, free high-bandwidth WiFi, a minibar that charges ‘street’ prices, and a so-called ‘one of a kind’ custom hybrid bead that transforms from a bed into all manner of interesting things. Or so we’re told.
That’s before we even get to the highly-anticipated smartphone app, which Virgin says will let you keep track of your bill, order room service and control your room’s air conditioning and entertainment systems.
For Tesla fans however, the killer app to convince them to pick the Windy City’s Virgin Hotel in preference to better known brands might be the concierge Tesla Model S P85D Virgin has just purchased to transport guests to and from the airport and select parts of town, seven days a week.
All you’ll need to do is book a room for a night, the price of which starts at $209 per night for a “Chamber King” room.
In keeping with Virgin’s famous colour scheme, the car in question is of course brilliant red, complete with contrasting grey 21-inch, ten-spoke turbine wheels, carbon-fibre spoiler and an all-glass panoramic roof.
Virgin says the high performance all-electric sedan ties in with its aim of being not only one of the most accommodating and personal hotels on the market but also the most sustainable. Aside from the zero-emission Model S, the new hotel says it has an extensive green roof, energy-star kitchen appliances, daylight-sensing lighting control systems and LED lights throughout its recently-opened Chicago property.
As for the 0-60 time of 3.1 seconds that the Chicago Virgin Hotel’s new chauffeur-driven ride is capable of? We’re guessing it won’t be demonstrating its drag prowess down on Lake Shore Drive all that much. But for those clientele who know what the car is and what it’s capable of, we’re hoping Jeeves will open it up a little when it’s safe and legal to do so.
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